Siren Song

by Sweet Soubrette

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1.
Wake up some mornings just feeling so blue But you do what you can and that’s all you can do Sometimes it’s hard but you’ve got to get through I can’t stop thinking of you Sun’s riding high but I can’t feel it shine The weather’s been cloudy for me all this time Ask how I’m doing and I’ll tell you I’m fine But I can’t stop thinking of you I eat but you know I just can’t taste a thing And when I drink I drink myself blind Get lost when I walk don’t make sense when I talk Guess I’ve got other things on my mind Toss and I turn when the day goes to night Is there no way to make this poor heavy heart light Guess you’d be right if you called me a fool ’Cause I can’t stop thinking of you
2.
Once I could make myself at home Anywhere curl up like a cat But I’ve grown out of being that way You could say I got wary Or just learned to carry More baggage around of my own I sat on the edge of your leather chair Like I was about to go somewhere And when I left your place I left no trace behind me I was treading lightly Not a single thing Not a bobby pin Not a strand of hair I was just visiting Where I was living Was somewhere alone And you’ve known I was visiting But I think I just might stay for while It’s the way that you smile it’s the way I feel Lucky to be here Lucky to be here at all I saw you at the bar and I thought I had missed my moment when I saw The woman you were with And it gave me a shock That knock of my heart in my chest I was certain that it was too late To decide to say yes or resist So to wake up beside you As the morning light comes in Washing the room in white Is so sweet that it aches And it shakes me a little To think maybe it’ll be Something I learn not to fight
3.
Pacemaker 03:51
I said I loved you then I turned and walked away I’ve done some damage dear but what is there to say My heart it did not lie to me nor did I lie to you But just because a heart’s sincere that doesn’t make it true My daddy told me when I was just a baby girl You’ll be a heartbreaker my darling little pearl I didn’t want to hurt no one but I seemed to have a knack The world it was my oyster there were shells I had to crack Give me a pacemaker to steady up my heart Give me a pacemaker to pace me Before I tear myself apart I’ve tried to change my ways and just stand by my man I would be steadfast but I don’t know if I can No claim upon my loyalty is ever quite complete My heart’s a bit defective it’s got an irregular beat
4.
Suckerpunch 02:05
There's nothing more romantic than a doomed romance There's nothing more romantic than a doomed romance You can listen to the music but you never get to dance There's nothing so alluring ss a prize you can't win There's nothing so alluring as a prize you just can't win You can lean against the window but they'll never let you in And there's nothing to it really but the trouble that you're in And there's nothing like a man for making love into an art There's nothing like a man for making love into an art He'll kiss you on the lips and then he'll suckerpunch your heart Yes he'll kiss you on the lips and then He'll suckerpunch your sucker of a heart
5.
Cut-Up 02:40
He was so mysterious When he was still here He’d act so very serious But was he sincere He was charming and disarming He’d say things we wouldn’t dare Draw a line he’d cross it ’Cause he simply didn’t care He was a cut-up And now he’s cut and run Was he sarcastic It was so hard to tell It was simply fantastic How he faked it so well He’d come off as smarmy But it was all snark He was rightfully famed for His inappropriate remarks Oh yes his smart mouth was Gonna earn him trouble and strife He was cruising for a bruising He’s our hero for life He was a cut-up And now he’s cut and run One day he vanished Where did he go Someplace sunny and Spanish Nobody knows Lo deseo pero no lo tengo Es él vaquero en México? He was practically obsequious Perfectly innocuous Innocent but deadly He was thoroughly obnoxious Everybody misses him But this bird has flown Bad influence bad apple He was bad to the bone Oh yes his smart mouth was Gonna earn him trouble and strife He was cruising for a bruising He’s our hero for life He was a cut-up And now he’s cut and run
6.
I’ve given up fighting what I know to be true I’ve lost my taste for anyone who’s not you But you’re so far from me and it makes me so blue I know it’s not healthy I know it’s no good I think about you dear far more than I should But I wouldn’t stop it if even I could And I’ve tried so hard just to be satisfied But I can’t help but want you right here by my side Got a heart that keeps hoping but my eyes open wide Don’t ask me the number of tears that I’ve cried You may truly love me but it’s still kind of rough ’Cause what it comes down to when push comes to shove Is that love can be lovely but it’s rarely enough Oh but I’ve tried so hard just to be satisfied And I can’t help but want you right here by my side Got a heart that keeps hoping and my eyes open wide You’d be worth any number of tears that I’ve cried
7.
I met a man I wanted and I wanted more We got a little room up on the thirteenth floor He’s made my life a misery this man I adore I guess I’m just unlucky in love I went outside to see him and I stepped on a crack He’s like a bad old penny only he don’t come back My heart is worse than broken it’s a full-on attack I guess I’m just unlucky in love I looked into my mirror and it smashed to shards Misfortune’s mine for seven more years Happiness in romance isn’t in the cards It seems like I’m just destined for tears A black cat walked across as we were lying in bed Now every day that passes I’m a bundle of dread A gypsy tried to help I didn’t do what she said I guess I’m just unlucky in love
8.
Siren Song 03:54
You were shipwrecked my darling but you couldn't tell If the speck you spied out on the briny blue swell Was a rescue boat coming to take you away Or a mermaid to drown you down under the waves I swam a bit closer and what did you see Not a coast guard ship sailing the sparkling seas But a lady afloat and a-glimmer with scales With a gleam in her eye and a shimmering tail Well it's true that the ocean's where I lay my head With a shell for my pillow and kelp for my bed And I've sent a few sailors to watery graves When they've followed me into the waves But there's no need for fear for I'll do you no harm Just roll up your cuffs dear wade into my arms Though I sing on the swells as I comb out my hair I'm the answer to your seaman's prayer You tossed a glass bottle out into the foam The message begged someone to carry you home I would carry you there you're the one I would keep Come down with me into the undersea deep There are wonders and whales in the waters below We can waltz by the light of electric eel glow On a dance floor of seaweed and mother of pearl Come with me and I'll be your sweet Lorelei girl Oh my kisses are salty but sweetheart I swear I'm the answer to your seaman's prayer
9.
Homewrecker 02:48
I’ve never been known for my self-control See I like to say yes more than I like to say no I know I shouldn’t escalate But it’s so exciting raising the stakes There’s a word for girls like me Disrespectful of domestic tranquility Careless Reckless I don’t try to justify it’s wrong yes I get this Homewrecker Destruction in my wake See something I want I just reach out and take it Homewrecker Courting disaster Think that I’m a fast girl Well I get even faster Here I am messing with the social order Your marriage and me are like oil and water Or maybe more like powder and spark It won’t take long before I make my mark I’m more trouble than you think I am See I got no morals and I got no man You don’t know just what I’ll do I’m a loose cannon and I’m pointing at you But you’ve got to believe me it was never my plan To go and fall in love with a married man It’s got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever done But I’m caught up completely now it’s too late to run Homewrecker It’s not my choice to make Set my heart on something I’m just setting up to break it Homewrecker I just want to master A sticky situation But it’s simply a disaster
10.
Oh it’s a funny sort of thing It’s kind of hard to talk about All I can really do is sing It’s never been like this before I thought I’d feel it less and less Instead I feel it more and more And something happened I don’t understand It must have been the way you looked At me or was it when you took my hand Oh it’s a mystery for sure When all we really did was kiss I never felt it quite like this before I dream about you every day and night It’s half despair and half delight You haunt me like a melody And as for hope there’s not a lot But even so at least I’ve got This little song to keep me company It is impossible to know If all the stars are crossing us Or if there’s one that won’t say no I would prefer the easy way I’d rather see you face to face Than dream about you night and day And tell me that we didn’t meet too late Just think about it darling And I’ll gladly hurry up and wait And in the meantime here with me At least I’ve got this little song To keep me calm to keep me company
11.
We've got scars on our faces and blood on our hands We're too fallen from grace not to know where we stand But your hands on my body your body with mine Makes me think maybe things could be different this time We don’t know where we’re going no captain’s aboard Yes the wind just keeps blowing this boat toward the shore But I’m sure when we land we will land somewhere sweet With no crew but the two of us under the sheet And God knows it’s been rough This wringer we’ve been through Could it be enough just to be with you Lean into the safety in numbers Sometimes the best one is two Are we fools to come creeping where angels won’t tread Stir the dogs that lie sleeping beside us in bed And you said I was trouble but trouble’s all right We can walk through the dark rooms and turn on the lights We are old and we’re older we’re wiser than wise Got no wings on our shoulders just stars in our eyes We could rise up to meet it whatever may come It’s a basic equation just add one to one And God knows it’s been rough This wringer we’ve been through But it could be more than enough Just to be with you This safety in numbers Comes from the sum of us Sometimes the best one is two
12.
Where have you been all my life It’s like we were made for each other I can’t explain it It’s just the right fit I’d bring you home to my mother You make me so happy You just slay me Ukulele You’re just the right size for a girl like me Look into my eyes and you’re sure to see This is the real thing What I am saying Is when I hold you I’m not just playing It might sound funny the two of us as a pair But listen honey if people talk I don’t care I didn’t know you Were what was missing But now I’ve found you you’re all I’m wishing

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Sweet Soubrette's debut album, described by The Deli as "Almost impossible to stop replaying in one's head after hearing."

Also available in physical CD format at www.cdbaby.com/cd/sweetsoubrette

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released October 17, 2007

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Sweet Soubrette Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy "existential indie rock" has won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, often featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage. Sweet Soubrette's fourth album, Big Celebrity, was released in 2016. ... more

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